Jennifer Lyon

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
A Witch of a Day

Yesterday was…well…let’s see:

I got up and found a rat in the pool. With the long tail. UGH!!!

I couldn’t deal with the rat, so I went to the gym and just narrowly avoided an accident with clueless driver.

I came home and had to deal with the rat UGH! So disgusting and the tail! When the kids were little, there was a school rat named Sunny. A cute little white rat. She liked to steal pencils. I liked her enough to let the kids bring her home over Christmas break. I even put her on my shoulder and walked around with her. But a big black rat in my pool is disgusting and EWWW!!! But I took care of it because I didn’t want Wizard to have to deal with it when he got home after working all day.

(You so owe me Wizard!!!)

Then I realized that I had thrown away a $20.00 coupon two days ago. So…I got to dig through the trash to find it. Evidently, $20.00 is the price to get me to dig through the trash. I’m not proud of it, but I have the coupon and plan to use it to buy another pair of jeans. (Don’t even think of touching my coupon, Wizard!!!)

Then I took a shower and decided to make myself a latter. But my latte maker refused the steam the milk.  I may have yelled at the machine.

I think it flipped me off, but I can’t prove it.  (Yes Wizard, I was talking to the appliances again, what’s your point?)

And that was only 11:00 A.M.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up.  The good news is that I think I survived the day. The bad news is that I didn’t get much time to work.

Now it’s your turn! Anything you want share (0r confess) about your last ridiculously bad day?


16 comments to “A Witch of a Day”

  1. Viki S.
    September 20th, 2011 at 2:26 am · Link

    Oh my you had a yucky day. I’d hate to deal with the rat too. The worst I ever had to clean up was when an eagle dropped the bunny it had snatched onto the walk right at my front door. Had to get it cleaned up before the boys went out for school. I learned why I have a coal shovel.
    Honestly the latte machine would have really ticked me off. And I talk to my appliances too.
    My day was okay. The only not so good things were: the guy never showed up with the mulch I ordered and the postman has decided my mail doesn’t need to arrive until after 7 PM.
    I sure hope today is better :-P

  2. Dawn
    September 20th, 2011 at 5:41 am · Link

    Ok, ewwwwwww! I’d have had to leave the rat for some one else to deal with. And I probably wouldn’t have dug through the trash either. That’s dedication, Jen. Hope today is better.

    I went to X-fest in Dayton on Sunday. It’s an outdoor concert with 10 bands held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Let me just say, I was wishing for some eye bleach. OMG 8-O I’ve never seen so many inappropriately dressed people in my life. And they sold Mardi Gras beads there, so a lot of the chicks were flashing everyone. Just what I needed to see. Especially the ones with saggy boobs and flabby bellies. On the plus side, Skillet, Theory of a Deadman and Staind put on great shows. So I got to hear some really great music, which was the whole point of going. I am glad to be back among the relatively sane though.

  3. Shiloh
    September 20th, 2011 at 6:34 am · Link

    Eww….eww….eww!!!! Can.Not.Stand.Rats. I just can’t do it! I commend you for taking care of the rat issue so wizard didn’t have to after working all day. I, however, would have called hubby in a panic and let him know it would be waiting on him when he got home! LOL

    Well, I went to the gym yesterday evening. Unfortunately not because I wanted to go or anything. Nope, I went because my oldest has not been since school started and he wanted to trade Pokemon cards with his gym friends. *sigh* I lasted 45 minutes on the elliptical before I said “OK, great workout. Time to go home and eat!” But at least I went right? :wink:

  4. B.E Sanderson
    September 20th, 2011 at 8:48 am · Link

    So now you know what the phrase ‘he looked like a drowned rat’ means. Sorry you had to deal with that. Poor Jen. Poor rat. And poor Wizard – who now owes you bigtime.

    And I’m glad I’m not the only one who talks to inanimate objects. I hope you gave that latte machine what for – times ten. When you’re done, can you come over and yell at my fridge? It never listens to me and it’s freezing my milk again.

  5. Kat
    September 20th, 2011 at 8:49 am · Link

    My rat story

    I am a social worker. I do home visits. Yes some of the homes are in the depressed area of town. The people I work with are usually truely trying to make it. I am visiting this mom and talking with her in the kitchen. 4 year old child comes up. “Do you want to see my pet?” innocent eyes cute smile. “Okay” me
    Talk to mom more. Child returns and drops a enormous black, white and brown rat with a tail longer than my hand in my lap. I swallow hard any sudden movements and the animal and kid would know I was afraid (as a social worker you must have calm acceptance of anything or you lose trust and respect) smile at child and ask the rats name. “Rat” “Thats nice” calm social worker voice. With rat in my lap I continue the interview with mom. My co-workers found a rubber rat to leave in my desk later that week. I still have it.

  6. Silver James
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:47 am · Link

    Okay. I guess I’m the weird one. Critters don’t bother me. I had a cat, once, who brought me mole it caught and killed. Laid it on my chest as I was sleeping. Poor cat didn’t understand why I through his gift out the window. He kept trying to bring it to me until I nailed the cat door shut!

    Really bad day? I get weeks. The hot water tank is leaking (and the plumber won’t call us back to give an estimate), the kids’ car is in the shop and being rebuilt a problem at a time, a semi truck tried to take Lawyer Guy out on the highway (only ruined his side mirror and windshield–he has mad driving/avoidance skills!), and Baseball Boy (my SiL) was laid off. The only (my DD) is in limbo until she defends her Master’s thesis and graduates in December.

    On the bright side…I don’t have a pool to find a rat in! ;) You are a very good witch, Jen, to take care of that for the Wiz. He owes you more steak and lobster! I vote for appletinis! Who’s with me? ;)

  7. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    Viki, ewww a bunny! My son found one in the pool while I was traveling for a signing. He called and asked what he should do. I told him and he disposed of it. I think he was about 19. If it had been one of my other two sons, they couldn’t have done it.

    I don’t know how you did it!

    I’m sorry about the mulch not showing up! I get really angry about things like that. And the mail–I’m used to it. For years we didn’t get our mail until somewhere between 3 and 8 p.m.

  8. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:34 am · Link

    Dawn, I like Staind! They were probably worth it, but don’t people realize that they look gross? I can’t imagine flashing anyone (except Wizard). You really needed a spell for that!

    The trash thing wasn’t as bad as it sounds. But still–I don’t think I’ve ever done that! But I wanted that twenty dollars off another pair of jeans. I have to restock :-)

    Today is already so much better!

  9. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

    Shiloh, Wizard was just leaving when I found the rat. He told me to turn off the pool filter, and if I couldn’t do it, he’d take care of it when he got home. But I just couldn’t look at it all day, and Wizard has enough stress at work. But only for Wizard could I do that!

    Hey, 45 minutes on an elliptical is awesome! You get huge kudos for doing it!

  10. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:38 am · Link

    Oh Kat!!! You must have one heck of a poker face! I’ve seen a couple small white pet rats, and they don’t really bother me. But that? EWWW!!! And you had it in your lap? You deserve a raise!

  11. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am · Link

    B.E., your fridge is freezing your milk? I’ll be right over the lecture it!!! That’s just wrong!

    I think I could have gone my entire life without learning what a drown rat looked like. But I’ve learned that this stuff happens with pools. I once found a drowned gerbil. No freaking idea where it came from, but I was PISSED. Someone let their gerbil get out, either accidentally or intentionally and I felt terrible for the poor creature.

  12. Jen Lyon
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:47 am · Link

    Silver! OMG that sounds like a scene from The Godfather! That’s probably why I don’t have a cat! I think Bailey might have ate a lizard, but my son was outside with him, not me.

    You and your family are having a rough time of it! We need to cast a powerful spell to change all your luck, and bring good jobs, and cars! And so glad lawyer guy is okay! That gives me shudders.

    if I hadn’t been keeping my eye on the woman who tried to change lanes right into me, I’d never have avoided the potential accident. But she was driving a bit squirrel y to being with, so I had warning. And she wasn’t driving a semi!

  13. zoe
    September 20th, 2011 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Ok that is a pretty bad start to a day :( cyber hugs for you Jen, and eewww with the rat, i hate rats, i mean yeh some can be cute but most of them are kind of scary and they are also diseased. Although you have to admire their courage, those little dudes certainly have plenty of that.

  14. Kat
    September 20th, 2011 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Every one I will take a four legged rat in my lap any day over the two legged ones I have met.

  15. Jenn
    September 20th, 2011 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Zoe, you know they are courageous, I’ll give them that :-) But still creepy!

  16. Jenn
    September 20th, 2011 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Kat, good point! If it came to a choice, I’d do the same!

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